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US 1960s cult killer Charles Manson dead in jail at 83

Los Angeles - Charles Manson, the psychopathic guru who masterminded a savage killing spree in the United States in the late 1960s that shocked the world, has died aged 83, California prison officials said.

French police officer kills three before committing suicide

Sarcelles - A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday.

Israel president denies pardon to manslaughter soldier: statement

Jerusalem - Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday formally rejected a request to pardon a soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant, Rivlin's office said.

Frail Mladic awaits fate in UN cell

Den Haag - For the past six years, home for the man who once commanded fear across a swathe of Bosnia has been a small, spartan cell in a UN prison, close to the dunes and the stormy North Sea.

Politicians, war criminals: figures in the Balkan wars

Belgrade - The UN court dealing with crimes committed during the wars that followed the break-up of Yugoslavia hands down its penultimate ruling on Wednesday, having delivered 83 convictions.

'Butcher of Bosnia' faces historic war crimes verdict

Den Haag - UN war crimes judges will on Wednesday hand down a historic verdict against former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, blamed for steering Europe's worst atrocities since World War II.

Shanghai police see no foul play in Russian teen model's death

Shanghai - Shanghai police have ruled out foul play and cast doubt on allegations that overwork contributed to the death of a 14-year-old Russian model after she took part in Shanghai Fashion Week last month.

Three men guilty in Hong Kong explosives plot

Hong Kong - Three men were found guilty of possessing and conspiring to make explosives ahead of a contentious 2015 vote on political reform by a Hong Kong court Friday.

Palestinian rams car into Israeli civilians, is shot: army

Jerusalem - A Palestinian rammed his car into two Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bank Friday before trying to stab soldiers and being shot, the Israeli army said.

Elderly Japanese cons reoffending faster than young criminals

Toukyo - Elderly criminals in Japan are more likely to be sent back to jail than younger cons, a government report said Friday, with ageing crooks increasingly likely to reoffend.Almost one quarter (23.

'Butcher of Bosnia' still a hero at home as verdict looms

Bosnia And Herzegovina - Dusko Mladic points to the portrait on his wall of his beloved cousin Ratko, the wartime Bosnian Serb army chief, who will next week learn if he is convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Fear of a serial killer puts Florida city on edge

Tampa - A possible serial killer is on the loose in Tampa, Florida, picking out victims seemingly at random on the street, and shaken residents are looking over their shoulders fearing he could be someone they know.

Ecuador VP indicted in Odebrecht case

Quito - Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas and 12 others were indicted Tuesday for unlawful association in the giant corruption case involving Brazilian constructor Odebrecht.

At least three killed in California school shooting

Los Angeles - At least three people were killed and two young children suffered gunshot wounds when a shooting broke out Tuesday at a school in rural northern California, authorities said.

Four killed in California mass shooting

Flournoy - Four people were killed and nearly a dozen wounded, including two children, when a gunman went on a rampage Tuesday, randomly picking his targets at a school and other locations in rural northern California.

Uncle of Duchess of Cambridge pleads guilty to punching wife in the face

London - The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's uncle pleaded guilty in a British court on Tuesday to punching his wife in the face during a drunken argument last month.

Ultra-nationalist Myanmar monk denied bail over anti-Rohingya protest

Yangon - One of Myanmar's most prominent ultra-nationalist monks was denied bail on Tuesday after he was arrested charges of inciting unrest in an anti-Rohingya protest held outside the US Embassy last year.

Istanbul airport attack suspects on trial over terror

Istanbul - Forty-six suspects -- one third of them Russian nationals -- went on trial Monday in connection with last year's triple suicide bombing of Istanbul's main airport, an attack that killed 45 people.

Two held over murder of elderly Dutch man in Bali

Jakarta - Two men have been arrested over the murder of an elderly Dutch man whose decomposing body was found at his home on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali.
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